Mid-Century & Antique Furniture Care Tips
Mid-century & Antique Furniture care tips.
We recommend cleaning/dusting with a clean damp (not wet!) cloth and mild soapy water if required. Please do NOT use any harsh abrasives; solvents or silicone based cleaning products, these products can interfere with refinishing and long-term care, we advise using only natural non-chemical based cleaning products.
Our teak furniture is oiled to protect its beauty and maintain a matte luster. Your teak furniture will resist staining and rings more easily if you keep it well oiled. As a general rule: If it looks dry, oil it. Once or twice a year will be enough to keep your teak stain-resistant and looking good. Please wear protective gloves and either take your furniture outside or apply the oil where you can open some windows for ventilation. There are a number of teak oils available, we recommend a Danish Oil. Please follow the directions on the tin as some oils vary.
Some tips: Be careful not to apply too much oil. Once applied the oil may feel sticky to the touch - do not place anything on your furniture until the oil has fully absorbed. We recommend allowing the final coat of oil to dry over a 24 hour period to ensure it has all been absorbed.
Cleaning Spills and Rings
Wipe up spills and rings straight away! Use a cloth and light soapy water. Rinse with a clean damp cloth and allow to dry, lightly rub with some fine wire wool (available from most hardware stores) with the grain until smooth before you re-oil using the guidance above for oiling.
When it comes to maintaining your beautiful teak furniture we recommend using coasters to avoid prolonged exposure to moisture from potted plants and beverages. Please dust your furniture frequently using a natural beeswax polish and try not to place your furniture in direct sunlight as this will expedite fading and drying out of the wood.
Wood products - Care & Advice
All wood products need to be treated with care - wood is a natural, living and breathing material. You should avoid placing wood furniture in direct sunlight as this will help maintain colour and avoid fading of the wood/dyes. Please also avoid placing furniture near heat sources such as wood burners, fires, radiators, or directly on underfloor heating, as this can have an adverse affect on the wood.
Most softwood products are treated with oil or wax, this helps to prevent marks, and maintain depth of colour. This can be cleaned with a damp cloth and mild soapy water if required. You can also use a natural beeswax polish or wax to maintain the finish occasionally (every six months or so).
Hard woods such as Oak and Walnut will be coated with Danish Oil, this offers a luxurious and durable finish - again this can be cleaned as above. It is also advisable to re-oil when required (will be determined on how/how often the surface of wood is used and cleaned) - this can be done 2-4 times a year. Danish Oil can be found in most hardware or DIY stores.
Please do NOT use any harsh abrasives; solvents or silicone based cleaning products on any of our furniture. We advise using only natural non-chemical based cleaning products.
We advise using coasters and place mats to protect wood from heat and spillages - a table cloth is also advised where there are increased chances of accidents/traffic/spillages.